Rich, decadent foods go hand-in-hand with the holidays, even for those of us on the dairy-free diet. But recipes like this silken dark chocolate pudding have a good dose of nutrition and a modest calorie impact.
For the creamy, dairy-free base, this dark chocolate pudding contains silken tofu (be sure to pick non-GMO or organic). It purees up into a smooth consistency that holds its shape while adding notable amounts of protein and calcium, but a modest amount of fat and calories.
For a smoother, less-acidic taste and a rich chocolate color, this dark chocolate pudding recipe uses dark, Dutch-processed cocoa powder. Some brands that will work nicely include: Valrhona Cocoa Powder, Frontier Organic Fair Trade Cocoa, Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa, and King Arthur Double Dutch Cocoa Blend.
Since straight cocoa powder is used rather than melted chocolate, the recipe does require some sweetener – yes, this dark chocolate pudding should still be considered a dessert!
Special Diet Notes: Silken Dark Chocolate Pudding
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
- Place tofu, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a food processor or blender.
- Puree for 1 minute, scraping down sides as needed, or until very smooth.
- Divide equally into six dishes and serve. Can serve "Parfait-style" with the option below, if desired.
Layer with fresh fruit and dairy-free whipped cream. You can use a quick, homemade coconut whip topping (not low-fat), or for lighter parfaits, use So Delicious CocoWhip, Soyatoo, or make homemade soy whip topping.
Top with dairy-free caramel sauce or chocolate sauce.
Garnish with ground cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne, mini chocolate chips, or chocolate curls.